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Local Walking Routes

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Perfect for families, pets, walkers and cyclists

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Long distance paths

Walking in the Peak District 

Enjoying a Peak District walk whilst staying at our dog-friendly campsite near Buxton is a blessing for the whole day. Own transport strongly advised due to a lack of public transport. You can walk into Longnor Village directly from our campsite within an hour, ask our wardens for a map from Reception. From the village there are a number of walks near Longnor. 

Buxton to Bakewell Walks

Buxton to Bakewell Walks 

There are so many walks within a short drive of both Buxton and Bakewell in addition to the others listed on this page. That makes them an ideal choice for guests wanting something gentler that allows additional time in the day to do other things. We would recommend:  

  • Buxton Country Park 8 miles – there are a choice of Buxton Country Park and woodland walks, where you go, and for how long, is really up to you. There are a variety of trails in Grin Low Woods, past wooden sculptures and then up to Solomon’s Temple. You can pick up a trail map from the Poole’s Cavern Visitor Centre. Other woodland walks in Buxton Country Park include Corbar Cross, Lightwood Reservoir, Gadley Woods, the Serpentine Walks Buxton and the Ring of Trees walk Buxton.  
  • Bakewell Walks – 20-minutes drive, Bakewell is a thriving market town and a perfect place to start and end your walk. The Riverside Path is a popular starting point for Bakewell walks and can be followed to Ashford in the Water, returning via the Monsal Trail or even to Chatsworth. Another popular route is the 5.5-mile Bakewell Circular Walk Woods and Parklands which also takes in the pretty village of Edensor, on the Chatsworth Estate. The website peakdistrictonline.co.uk has a great selection of Bakewell walks. The Monsal Trail starts in Bakewell and ends in Chee Dale    

Longnor Wood Holiday Park, our 5-star walker-friendly campsite near Buxton, exclusively for adults, offers a range of accommodation and amenities to help make your walking holiday more comfortable whatever the season or weather.   

  • Our Buxton glamping pods, hot tub holiday lodges and static caravans with hot tubs allow you to unwind in luxury after a day in the great outdoors  
  • Member of Tranquil Parks – our quiet site policy means you can be sure of a good nights sleep  
  • If you are camping or touring with us our 5-star amenity block is a warm place to shower and change  
  • Our wardens can advise on a wide range of walking routes to suit different abilities  
  • Laundry on-site and washing machines/tumble driers in our holiday lodges with hot tubs  
  • Dog-friendly campsite with a designated hot water dog wash on site  
  • Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome free of charge on our touring and tent pitches and for a small additional cleaning charge in our pet friendly holiday lodges with hot tubs and static caravans with hot tubs (one dog in our dog friendly camping pods)  

We are therefore an ideal choice if you are looking for walks in Buxton with your dog or a walker-friendly campsite near Bakewell. Many of the walks go through pretty Peak District villages, many of which have pubs serving real ale and food so if that is your thing Longnor Wood is a perfect Peak District campsite near pubs. 

Peak District Trails

Peak District Trails 

5-star Longnor Wood is located in the heart of the Peak District National Park, making us an ideal spot for those wanting to spend their time with us walking or hiking in the Peak District. There are so many options to choose from, from designated trails, higher altitude climbs to Kinder Scout or Mam Tor, a ramble over country fields or a stroll over the stepping stones at Dovedale.  

There are a number of designated traffic-free flat trails suitable for walking or cycling on disused railway lines offering a wide variety of landscapes and local amenities.   

Tissington Trail – 13-mile route from Ashbourne, Derbyshire to Parsley Hay. The Tissington Trail used to be one of the last of the Victorian railways, opening in 1899. Watch out for the preserved signal box at Hartington Station.   

Win Hill and Ladybower - Win Hill and Ladybower are picturesque landmarks nestled in the Peak District National Park in England. Win Hill, a distinctive peak with its jagged silhouette, offers panoramic vistas that sweep across the rolling hills, lush valleys, and the serene Ladybower Reservoir below. This reservoir, a marvel of engineering, not only provides a vital water supply but also creates a stunning backdrop against the surrounding natural beauty. The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, attracting hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers who are drawn to the diverse trails, abundant wildlife, and the tranquil ambiance. Whether one seeks challenging hikes or simply a place to unwind amidst breathtaking scenery, Win Hill and Ladybower unquestionably offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of the British countryside. Find out more about this walk here.

Padley Gorge - There are several easy trails around Padley Gorge, find out more about the Padley Gorge walk. Autumn is the time of year when the woods are the most atmospheric where you can see all of the gorgeous colourful leaves. Some sections of the trail can be muddy so make sure you wear appropriate footwear.

Monsal Trail - 8.5 miles between Chee Dale and Bakewell, passing through tunnels and the spectacular Monsal Viaduct at Monsal Head, one of the most iconic Peak District views. The Monsal Trail can also be used as a Bakewell circular walk to Ashford in the Water. Longnor Wood is a great campsites near Monsal Trail.

Wetton Mill via the Manifold Way - This circular walk is simply stunning, offering some of the very best views of the Staffordshire Peak District countryside.  Starting at the lovely Wetton Mill (SK 09593, DE6 2AG), it follows the course of the Manifold Way past spectacular limestone cliffs, through shady woodland and alongside the River Manifold, before heading quite gently uphill to some of the most fantastic and far-reaching views in the area. Find out more and download a handy map here.

Manifold Way - 8 miles between Hulme End and Waterhouses through the White Peak and Manifold Valley, passing the impressive Thor’s Cave. The Manifold Track used to be the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, built 1904. The old station at Hulme End has been preserved and is now a Visitor Information Centre and cafe. 

High Peak Trail – 17.5 miles from High Peak Junction to Dowlow following the route of one of the world's first long-distance railway lines, the Cromford and High Peak Railway, built in 1825 and 1830 to link the Peak Forest Canal to the Cromford Canal. At Middleton Top, the engine house is open to visitors.  

See a map of the trails HERE.  

The fabulous website Peak District Walks offers a fabulous selection of walks selectable by distance, by mileage, by location or by walk, as does Let’s Go Peak District..  

Long Distance Walks in the Peak District  

The 46-mile Limestone Way passes through the heart of the Derbyshire limestone White Peak, heading south from Castleton and finishing in the Dove valley at Rocester.  

If you want something more challenging, the Peak Way Walk is 155 miles, starts and ends in Stockport, and takes in the most spectacular landscapes of the Peak District National Park. The “Walking The Peak Way” guidebook is available to buy.  

The 268-mile National Trail the Pennine Way starts in the Peak District village of Edale in Derbyshire and heads North to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.   

Longnor Wood Holiday Park - Walker-friendly campsite all year round; 5-star campsite Peak District; campsite exclusively for adults 

Popular Walks

Most Popular Peak District Walks  

There are a number of stand-out walks in the Peak District which we encourage guests to try if they reasonably fit and active. They are well worth the short drive from Longnor Wood.  

  • Mam Tor – Known as “Mother Hill” or the “Shivering Mountain”, Mam Tor stands as 517 feet and there are many walks of differing lengths reaching the summit of Mam Tor, with views of Kinder Scout, descending via Rushup Edge. Mam Tor is a 30-minute drive from Longnor Wood. For some Mam Tor walk ideas click HERE.   
  • Derwent Edge - This walk is short but challenging, a circular walk of 2.5 miles. Parking is free and there are lots of pubs close by to stop off for a drink and some lunch. The views from the top of Derwent Edge are staggeringly beautiful. Find out more about the route here.
  • Chrome Hill – both Parkhouse Hill and adjacent Chrome Hill are coral reef knoll and you may see fossils in the rock as you walk. The walk over both Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill is known as the Dragon’s Back ridge. It is possible to walk Chrome Hill from Longnor Wood. For more information click HERE  
  • Curbar Edge – Curbar Edge (35-minute drive) sits in the Hope Valley in the Dark Peak and is also popular with rock climbers. For more information on walks from the Curbar Edge car park click HERE. There is also a short route from Curbar Gap affording panoramic views of the Derwent Valley 
  • Dovedale National Nature Reserve – Combine a gentle walk along the popular River Dove, cross at the famous stepping stones, detour to Lin Dale to climb Thorpe Cloud or continue upriver to the limestone pinnacles, caves and tropical reef-knolls. You could also take in the village of Ilan in a 6-mile circular Dovedale walk. Dovedale is managed by the National Trust and is located 12 miles from Longnor Wood.  
  • Kinder Scout – as the highest point in the Peak District, most hikers want to tick Kinder Scout and Jacobs Ladder off their bucket list. Walks up Kinder Scout mainly start from Edale and there are a variety of routes back down, to find out more click HERE. Kinder Scout is a challenging walk so please only venture onto Kinder Scout if you are an experienced hill walker. Great views of Mam Tor.  The start of the path to Kinder Scout is around an hour's drive from Longnor Wood.
  • Lathkill Dale – Lathkill Dale is one of the prettiest Derbyshire Dales and there are a number of Lathkill Dale walks. There are caves and a waterfall in Lathkill Dale that can be reached from Monyash, 7 miles from Longnor Wood. For details of this 4-mile waterfall route in Lathkill Dale click HERE  
  • Shining Tor via Goyt Valley – if you fancy Goyt valley walks in the Cheshire Peak District, then Shining Tor, the highest point is a must. It’s iconic shape lends its name as the “Matterhorn” of Cheshire, This 10-mile circular Goyt valley walk is a must, click HERE to find out more. Paths to climb Shining Tor can be found within a 25-minute drive of Longnor Wood.